(June 1972)

Marvel, 1972 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.20 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1972-03-21
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Printer
Printed in the U.S.A. by World Color Press, Inc., Sparta, Illinois 62286
Editing
Stan Lee (credited) (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Etcetera & The Comic Reader #82 February 1972.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Sensational Origin Issue! (Table of Contents)

Luke Cage / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
John Romita
Inks
John Romita
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Luke Cage
Reprints

Out of Hell -- A Hero! (Table of Contents: 1)

Luke Cage / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Archie Goodwin (credited)
Pencils
George Tuska (credited); John Romita (credited) (see notes)
Inks
Billy Graham (credited); John Romita (credited) (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
Skip Kohloff (credited)

Job Number
863Z
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look closely at the figure before you.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Dr. Noah Burstein (supporting) (first appearance); Comanche (antagonist) (first appearance); Diamondback [Willis Harold Stryker] (antagonist) (first appearance); Luke Cage (origin) (featured) (first appearance); Billy Bob Rackham (first appearance); Shades (antagonist) (first appearance); Lonny; Quirt; Reva; Tyler Stuart
Synopsis
While serving time for a crime for which he was framed, Lucas volunteers for a medical experiment in a bid to earn parole. The chemical bath treatment is sabotaged by his nemesis, a violent guard, and the result ends in giving Lucas steel hard skin. He escapes and is presumed dead because his shirt, riddled with bullet holes, is recovered. Lucas vows revenge on Stryker, his former friend, who framed him and also caused the death of Reva, his romantic interest.
Reprints
Keywords
Harlem; Seagate Prison

Indexer Notes

Roy Thomas and John Romita are credited with creative contributions on the splash page. Thomas came up with the name Cage and the title Hero for Hire. John Romita, with some ideas from Thomas and Stan Lee, designed the costume.

Fred Snyder suggested that other hands were involved in the art, particularly John Romita. Nick Caputo agrees that Romita provided alterations on a few pages and redrew Stryker's face throughout. Stryker was also heavily redrawn by Romita on the last page which likely included the addition of a costume.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Sensational Origin Issue!
    Luke Cage
  2. 1. Out of Hell -- A Hero!
    Luke Cage
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